Privately Insured Individuals Are Still at Risk of Medical Debt, Financial Concerns

  • Oct 07, 2022

    People with private health insurance are just about as likely to have medical debt as the U.S. population as a whole, according to a study published on Sept. 16 in JAMA Network Open. Lead study author David U. Himmelstein, M.D., tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that the results suggest that health insurers could do more to protect enrollees from financial hardship. 

    The authors examined more than 135,000 people who completed the U.S. Census Bureau’s Surveys of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) from 2017 to 2019. During that time, 10.8% of individuals carried medical debt, including 10.5% of privately insured and 15.3% of uninsured people.  

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  • Tim Casey

    Tim has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 20 years. Before joining AIS Health in December 2021, he was a business reporter covering the commercial real estate industry’s capital markets for four years. He previously covered health care business issues for two medical publishing companies and high school, college and professional sports for the Sacramento Bee newspaper. Tim has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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